If the Irish can respond to the following five questions with positive answer,s they'll buck the national talk and have fans beginning to plan their BCS trip itineraries.
How will the Irish respond in only their second road game of the season?
The Irish played Navy and Miami on neutral sites leaving only a trip to East Lansing vs. Michigan State as the team's true road game this season. How the Irish respond in front of a hostile crowd will be a major factor in the outcome.
Can the Irish defense keep the Sooners out of the end zone?
Oklahoma is solid when they get in the red-zone having scored touchdowns on 76% of their opportunities. The Irish must keep the Sooners more in the 40-50% range and force them into field goal attempts.
Can the Irish put pressure on quarterback Landry Jones?
Oklahoma has given up 10 sacks on the season and 10 quarterback hurries. However, six of those sacks came in the first two games of the season against UTEP and Florida A&M. If the Irish can put consistent pressure on Jones they'll increase their chances of leaving Norman with another victory.
Can the Irish keep Blake Bell and Damien Williams from getting in the end zone?
Can the Irish offense score with the Sooners?
Oklahoma averages 44 points a game while allowing just 15. The Irish average 25 points per contest and have counted on their defense to keep teams from posting big point totals. With Everett Golson back at quarterback Brian Kelly may have a few tricks up his sleeve to help the Irish score above their average.